Wildlife Photography: the waiting game

posted on 29th of march, 2010

Wildlife photography is generally a waiting game; many times we wait many hours for an animals to appear. We also wait for the best light, generally near dawn and dusk. When the animal does appear, we wait for the animal to turn or move to the best location.

Shown above is a Mountain Cottontail Rabbit from Yellowstone National Park. During a walk on the boardwalk at the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces, I noticed a rabbit quickly dart under the boardwalk. Rabbits usually rest during the day and come out to feed late in the day. Knowing the rabbit lived near the boardwalk, I laid in the snow for two consecutive days waiting for him. The first day I waited two hours, the second day I waited 90 minutes. I could see the rabbit under the boardwalk but he never came out to dine with me in the area.

I decided to give up shortly before dusk on the second day, figuring I would try again the next day. I returned to my car and to my surprise, another rabbit was in a clearing near my car. Carefully, I exited my car; setup my camera equipment and started photographing this new rabbit. Sometimes, patience is not repaid but luck shines down upon you. Such was the case this day.

I like this image because of the eye contact and because the characteristic “cottontail” is visible.

I hope you enjoy my work.

Comments (7)

Posted by Joezachs on April 29, 2010
Very true.
One of the hallmarks of a good photographer is patience.
Posted by Brianarbuthnot on March 30, 2010
Nice shot John,,you lucky devil to be in yellowstone.Wildlife is a lot more scarce here in ireland,,,should have taken up fishing like everyone else,LOL.
Posted by Justmeyo on March 29, 2010
Nice photo and your portfolio looks great also!Wish you many sales!
Posted by Visceralimage on March 29, 2010
Interesting Note: A couple hours after posting this blog, someone purchased this image.
Posted by Marilyngould on March 29, 2010
A great shot, love your work!
Posted by Mariaam on March 29, 2010
Very cute rabbit! =) I wish you many sales!
Posted by Mani33 on March 29, 2010
Lovely shot! Must be a pain to wait for the chance to have it! Good luck in sales. Cheers :)

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